Barry Current on Tax Filings

barryAccording to today’s Post, Council member Marion Barry’s attorney says he has filed his 2008 tax returns and is up-to-date in all of his other tax filings.

Even so, Federal prosecutors are still seeking action against Barry, including jail, because he failed to pay taxes in a timely manner while on probation for … not paying taxes. He currently still owes the federal government about $275,000 in back taxes, interest and penalties, and is having his wages garnished.

He will appear this morning before a federal judge who is weighing whether to revoke the former mayor’s probation for tax offenses.

As I’ve written in earlier posts, I think its disgusting that this is even news. I just don’t get how you get in trouble for failure to pay taxes, and then continue to not pay taxes. Furthermore, if you or I were to be on probation for non-payment of taxes, do you think so much effort would be made to give us leeway? I’m not entirely sure what the answer is, but walking away without penalty sure isn’t. That Barry is 72 and recovering from a kidney transplant only complicates things.

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